If you’re wondering whether there is a causal link between people’s tendency to give away so much money for charity and the wiring of their brains, then the recent study from Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America would be of paramount interest to you. It is in that study that it was conjectured and proved that the human frontal-mesolimbic networks are the ones guiding a person’s decision to make charitable donations and do other acts of altruism.
The study done is lengthy and comprehensive, and it may not be easy to summarize here, but it would be enough to say that its researchers – Roland Zahn, Jorge Moll, Frank Krueger, among others – is to establish the neural bases of the aspect of a human’s personality that does acts of kindness. Before the study, the networks underlying such actions remained elusive and obscure, making it difficult for researchers to pinpoint where the areas in the brain are responsible for such altruism.
The abstract of the study also declares that the main point of the entire research is to know where in the brain to concentrate when trying to fix behavior that’s the total opposite of altruism, which includes mental illness and psychopathy. It was also a remarkable discovery from the research team to find that it is the anterior sectors of the prefrontal cortex that distinctly play a significant role in people’s altruistic decisions, which isn’t something observable when the subjects opt for more selfish materialistic interests.
About Jorge Moll
Jorge Moll is the President/Director of D’Or Institute for Research and Education (IDOR) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. His work in the research firm is responsible for studies about neural basis to human beings’ tendency to be altruistic, such as the one cited above. Through Jorge Moll’s research, possible remedies to pressing behavioral problems in the field of psychiatry and psychological trauma can get its needed support. The passion of Mr. Moll right now in the field of medical research has also been instrumental in Brazil’s medical field, especially in discovering new therapeutic solutions for the field of Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience.